Trimmings & Fancy Goods

Did you ever have those children’s books with illustrations of a beribboned girl opening a mailbox to find happy surprises within? They were always semi-Victorian in nature, sometimes with a few sheep grazing in the background. Well, I have no sheep; for ribbons, replace with sunglasses; and my mailbox is of the metal sort set into an apartment building wall, but I still received a lovely surprise in the mail today: a package of greeting cards from talented designer Hope Wallace. What I adore about her illustrations is that they combine eighteenth and nineteenth images with a twist– rather like the Pink books.

They were too pretty not to share, so here are a few of my favorites:

And, oh joy of my life, bookmarks:

Which do you like best?


  1. Camille la Flamme on July 22, 2008 at 1:10 am

    The Hallowe’en one, definitely.

    The cake one, though, reminds me of that whole annoying “Let them eat cake” business that Marie Antoinette never actually uttered. -shakes her head- Those bourgeoisie…

  2. Gina on July 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I love the Halloween one. These are all so cute.

  3. Sarah on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I like the Eat Cake and Halloween cards. I especially like the Halloween because of the mask, which does make me think of the Pink Carnation books!

  4. rachel on July 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    The “eat cake” one–very funny!

  5. Dianthe on October 28, 2008 at 8:41 am

    You write very well.

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